Conservation & Fishery

MMO issues advice on thresher sharks

MMO issues advice on thresher sharks

News Release Marine Management Organisation (MMO) 16. October 2013 ——————— Advice on thresher sharks The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued guidance following the recent landing and sale of a common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus), a species which is found in cold temperate waters including around the UK. There are certain restrictions for commercial fishing

BC Dogfish Fishery Announces MSC Self-Suspension

BC Dogfish Fishery Announces MSC Self-Suspension

The B.C. Dogfish Hook and Line lndustry Association announces a 'self-suspension' of MSC fishery certificates (2) for the B. C. Hook and Line Spiny Dogfish (Squalus suckleyi) (also known as Squalus acanthias) fishery, effective from September 14, 2013, until further notice.

EU Council: Netherlands expresses concern about shark fishing in Cape Verde

EU Council: Netherlands expresses concern about shark fishing in Cape Verde

Following the ex post evaluation of the current protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cape Verde, the Netherlands wishes to express its concern about the level of shark fishing in the waters of the Republic of Cape Verde.

Closure of Commercial Management Groups for LCS, hammerheads, blacknose and non-blacknose SCS in Atlantic region

Closure of Commercial Management Groups for LCS, hammerheads, blacknose and non-blacknose SCS in Atlantic region

News Release NOAA Fisheries 25. September 2013 ————————— NMFS Announces Closure of the Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Blacknose Shark, and Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Shark Management Groups in the Atlantic Region Commercial shark dealer reports indicate that the landings for the commercial Atlantic aggregated large coastal shark (LCS) and blacknose shark management groups

India: Policy Circular on Shark Finning Prohibition

India: Policy Circular on Shark Finning Prohibition

Shark Year Magazine, 26. September 2013 Below is a copy of the official Policy Circular regarding the prohibition of ‘finning’ of sharks at Sea. Please see also the related Press Release by India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests here. —

Shark Advocacy Groups Announce Support for Shark Finning Bill

Shark Advocacy Groups Announce Support for Shark Finning Bill

Press Release Senator Daylin Leach Representing the 17th Senatorial District 17. September 2013 ————————— HARRISBURG, September 17, 2013 – State Sens. Richard Alloway (R-Adams/Franklin/York) and Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today thanked Fin Free Pennsylvania and Shark Angels for their support of Senate Bill 340, which would ban the sale and possession of shark fins in the

CITES getting ready for sharks and rays

CITES getting ready for sharks and rays

Twelve months before the entry into force of CITES regulations on shark and rays, the European Union approves a 1.2 million euro project to ensure their effective implementation. Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and the United States have also offered support and technical assistance.

Announcement for Experimental Short-Soak Gillnet Fishery for Spiny Dogfish

Announcement for Experimental Short-Soak Gillnet Fishery for Spiny Dogfish

Marine Fisheries Notice Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries 09. September 2013 ————————— The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is authorizing an experimental fishery to allow a “short-soak” gillnet fishery for spiny dogfish during the October 1 – November 30 groundfish closure in Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay from Plymouth to Marblehead (defined

The Greens’ plan to end shark finning in Australia

The Greens’ plan to end shark finning in Australia

News Release The Australian Greens 30. August 2013 ———————– Greens launch initiative to end cruel shark finning The Australian Greens have today launched a new initiative to help end the cruel practice of shark finning in Australian waters and internationally. “Despite being illegal in Australia, sharks are still being caught and having their fins removed

Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update January 1 – August 14, 2013

Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update January 1 – August 14, 2013

Below are the preliminary landings estimates in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries. These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through August 14, 2013. The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2013

Chinese-Americans Can’t Block CA Shark Fin Ban

Chinese-Americans Can’t Block CA Shark Fin Ban

California can continue its ban on shark fins, despite claims from Chinese-Americans that the law is racist, the 9th Circuit ruled.

India bans removal of shark fins on seas

India bans removal of shark fins on seas

Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Environment and Forests 23. August 2013 ———————– Prohibition of Removal of Shark Fins in the Sea With a view to stop the inhuman hunting of sharks and to enable the enforcement agencies to monitor the illegal hunting/poaching of the species of Elasmobranchs listed in Schedule I of

9th Circuit Looks for Bias in Calif. Shark Fin Ban

9th Circuit Looks for Bias in Calif. Shark Fin Ban

By DAVE TARTRE, Courthouse News Service, Thursday, August 15, 2013 (CN) – California’s ban on shark fins stems from racism against Chinese-Americans by lawmakers, one of whom is also Chinese-American, a lawyer told the 9th Circuit. The Shark Fin Law, codified as Sections 2021 and 2021.5 of California Fish and Game Code, became effective in

U.S. Department of Justice Says California Shark Fin Ban is Unconstitutional

U.S. Department of Justice Says California Shark Fin Ban is Unconstitutional

San Francisco– Representatives and advocates for the Chinese community today announced some optimism that a new California law which bans the possession and sale of shark fins will be struck down as unconstitutional after the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in support of their position.

American Samoa rejects proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

American Samoa rejects proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

American Samoa rejects threat to shark species   Published by Radio New Zealand International on 09. August 2013 American Samoa has rejected a United States proposal to list the scallop hammerhead shark as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Following petitions by environment groups WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals, the US National Marine Fisheries